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Publication - Professor Paul Howard-Jones

    Reward, learning and games


    Howard-Jones, P & Jay, T, 2016, ‘Reward, learning and games’. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, vol 10., pp. 65-72


    The link between reward and learning has chiefly been studied scientifically in the context of reinforcement learning. This type of learning, which relies upon midbrain dopaminergic response, differs greatly from the learning valued by educators, which typically involves declarative memory formation. However, with recent insights regarding the modulation of hippocampal function by midbrain dopamine, scientific understanding of the midbrain response to reward may be becoming more relevant to education. Here, we consider the potential for our current understanding of reward to inform educational learning, and consider its implications for game-like interventions in the classroom.

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